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Song of the Childless
for alto voice and guitar
composed and performed by David W Solomons
(see pdf for score and mp3 or ogg file for performance)

This song was inspired by my initial reactions to the realization that
I am infertile.
In my case this was due to Kallmann's syndrome [go google it ;-)]

(that being said, some people with Kallmann's can have children, after much medical fiddling, but this is not so in my case).

I am now perfectly happy with my infertility, after all, there is much else
to do in the world and Dawkins' "selfish gene" can simply go spin
its plot elsewhere:
my children are my compositions,
and they populate the world in their own way
with joy, humour and thoughtfulness...
wherever they will...

... however, I know there are many who are not happy
with childlessness, so I dedicate this song to them
....and to my past self.


Learn this my child, who never hears my word
Your luck is out, you are but but a poem deaf to change
You are a romantic ramble on "absurd"
round which the childless brain desires to range

Hear this my daughter, blind to loveliness
Your love is mine, untouchable, unknown to all
Save to a song befitting her distress
Whom Sappho loved but answered not her call

See this my eunuch, watching others` joy
Your luck was in, your luck was in
You threw it far away, too far away for its return
Save to another and another boy
while I look on, unmoved as from a star

Taste this my tears grown cold
Resigned and pure
Your love is his
I know not whose nor do I care

Yet love I would, and yet cannot be sure
that another`s love could now be mine to share

Warm this my heart
These strings beget my child
Their luck is in
Their love is mine
So close, my son!

My daughter`s breath sings
Through my fingers styled
Sings to herself
All other children shun
© David W Solomons


Language English
Collection dwsolo; additional_collections

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